Palo Verde Power seeks permit for 29-MW hydro project in California

Palo Verde Power applied Jan. 4 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit, good for three years, for the 29-MW Palo Verde Power Hydroelectric Project, to be located at a Palo Verde Irrigation District diversion in Riverside County, California.

Palo Verde Power is currently studying the development of non-federal hydropower at Palo Verde Diversion using the current flow releases provided by the Palo Verde Irrigation District (PVID). This application is being submitted to secure and maintain priority of application for license while the Palo Verde Power undertakes activities to determine the feasibility of the proposed project and to support development of an application to FERC for an original license authorizing development of this site.

The proposed Palo Verde Power Project powerhouse will be located near the existing discharge channel north of the Palo Verde Diversion. The project will direct the Colorado River water to bypass the existing diversion gates while maintaining the existing 283.5 foot water level required for the PVID.

The company will add a Francis turbine(s), generator bus and switch gear, station transformers and transmission tie line. The normal throughput of the diversion is an estimated 5,600 cfs. The proposed powerhouse would be located on the east side of the primary outlet and sized approximately 45 feet wide by 45 feet long by 40 feet high and will contain the generating unit(s) with ancillary electrical and mechanical equipment.

The applicant proposes to construct a new transmission tie line less than one mile long, to interconnect the project to an existing 161–kV transmission line owned and operated by the Western Area Power Administration. The proposed project will have a single unit with an authorized installed capacity of about 29 MW and will generate an estimated 161 gigawatt-hours of energy per year (GWh/yr).

A project contact is: Michael Blakey, Managing Principle, Palo Verde Power, Galt, CA 95632, Telephone: (209) 251-3105,

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